Inmarsat opens up in Norway

Nov 24 2017

Inmarsat has opened an office at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre (NMCC) based in Ă…lesund, Norway.

The opening of the facility signals Inmarsat’s intention to intensify work with third party innovators and digital disrupters to exploit high-speed broadband via Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider (CAP) programme, the company said.

The maritime hub at NMCC, which is part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology campus, is home to the Blue Maritime Cluster, whose members are involved in driving remote monitoring equipment on board vessels and the use of data analytics for real-time decision making.

Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce, said: “Inmarsat Maritime is driving digital best practice across tens of thousands of ships. The future of the connected ship lies in networks such as Fleet Xpress, brought to market at scale. Fleet Xpress enables application-triggered bandwidth, which will be key to converting today’s smart and connected ship into tomorrow’s ‘smart fleet’.”

Inmarsat also recently signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to enable the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System (EMS) via Fleet Xpress. Rolls-Royce is also based at the Ålesund NMCC, where it oversees remote monitoring, data analysis, and ship performance strategy.

Using Fleet Xpress’ always-on connectivity, EMS data is logged in real time so that its management software can optimise operational efficiency via its built-in verifiable reporting capability. 

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